We went to the beach the other day. Except seeing dolphins peacefully swimming in the Morey Firth for the first time I found this treasure. It sparked few ideas…
I thought the simple design would make a nice cushion, but let’s start with a pincushion
I painted some mordanted linen with a paint made from logwood
and wasn’t much impressed
But I liked what I found on the other side and here is the result
this one is on silk
Each side of the three pincushions is different and makes my ‘random’ side of brain happy :). Maybe one day there will be some cushions as a result…
ps: my etsy shops will be closed from April 4th till April 22nd.
I have been working with partial resist lately. I create conditions for abstract images to happen, but am in control of the rest: the fabrics are mordanted so that they hold paints derived from plants well and make images light and wash fast. It’s a slow slow process and there are times when I stop liking it, feeling that the slow pace becomes hindrance to the creative flow. But for now I am sticking with natural paints; limitations are challenging and a challenge forces us to find out more and look for new ways.
One specific challenge here is the darker marks around the black print. That wasn’t planned, I was hoping for clear sharp almost black against white. I have washed the cotton cloth, tried to use lemon to bleach it but to no avail. So ‘tomorrow again and in a different way’ (it’s a title of a Slovakian book which so often comes to my mind..).
in·spi·ra·tion (ĭn′spə-rā′shən) n.
It seems I have missed the whole ‘season’ of blogging. *
I needed and wanted to take some time off to work on other projects, creative in one way or other, but not so much fibre related. They are not finished yet and I won’t be around for most of April but would like to resume posting here. I have been adding few photos to my Flickr stream and Instagram, but most images are still just in my mind or my sketchbook. *
In the spare time I have been mostly sewing for the house and my wardrobe but the lack of light has put me off of taking photos. *
Looking back though, I feel it has done me good to step back and be quiet. I have been thinking and trying to reduce and select - for I rarely feel uninspired but very often overwhelmed by ideas, not knowing which one to follow. It almost becomes a block.
Also, I have noticed I can spend weeks just thinking, reading & learning from all sources about a topic/technique and really enjoy that, but the accumulated information can eventually ‘choke me’. I have learned that for me the way out is to start, if nothing else then at least sampling. Watching what happens during process, mistakes or happy accidents, wrestling with materials and their limits, trying to push the limits or give in and then reflecting on what I see – that’s what helps me to decide on the direction; basically to see what I love, like and dislike, though the idea seemed interesting. *
Regardless of the techniques and materials I would usually use and things I would make - I try to listen – images and textures which make my heart skip a beat… (to follow…)
It seems to me that working monochrome may be a little more challenging, because it’s texture, shape or structure which need/s to make a piece stand out/interesting.
I am not sure if my assumption is right, but I have noticed people who like/wear/buy felt often like colour very much. Also, felt which is with a lot of pattern and colour seems to be very popular. As I gravitate more towards simple and less colourful look I sometimes wonder if there is a market for such felt.
I work with felt because it’s a natural material, if it was eg. acrylic I wouldn’t. To me natural materials, fibres, wood, stone etc. have inherent beauty, they are beautiful even in their pre-processing form.
I have made the two felted bowls as samples for a felting class. I didn’t expect I would enjoy teaching so much, plus it is helping me to look at felt from a different angle and most of all get back to felt making after my detours to other techniques.
It’s nice to felt again. I have been felting Christmas presents so can’t show more, but they are all little objects where I am exploring texture, colour and combination of both.
I wonder – do you associate handmade felt with colour? Is it one of the strengths of handmade woollen felt – the possibility to make a very colourful cloth? Or does it’s beauty lie in the material itself, the fact that wool is a natural and rather luxurious material? I would very much love to know what you think!